Mary A. Cosmo, Family Law Attorney

Mary A. Cosmo, Family Law Attorney

Divorce, Paternity, Child support, Child custody/Time-sharing Plan, or Parental Responsibility Plan 15050 Elderberry Lane, Suite 4-14, Ft. Myers, Florida 33907

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239-208-2203

The annual Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade

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The 4-H Advocacy Club Members, Parents, and Friends had a great time during the Swamp Cabbage Parade on Saturday, February 20, 2014 in celebration of Florida’s State tree, the Cabbage Palm. The annual Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade kicked off with dozens of floats, marching bands and community groups marching up Bridge Street Saturday morning with Largest Crowds Ever At Swamp Cabbage Festival according to Don Browne, the Southwest Florida Online News-Sunday Mornings.
Thank you to everyone who participated with preparation of the float.
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You are hereby  invited to Our next 4-H meeting scheduled for March 5, 2014.  Bring your friends and have some fun! 
What: The 4-H advocacy Club, is a youth based 4-H club that participates in moot court and mock trial sessions while learning about the courtroom procedures.

Why: While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer to real life situations.

Who: The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.   Parents are also welcome to participate as jurors and witnesses. 

When: Meetings are twice a month held on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center.

For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at attorneycosmo@outlook.com or 239-233-0222.

4-H Advocacy Club – First meeting of the school year!

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Don’t forget TODAY is the first meeting of the school year! 

Join the 4-H Advocacy Club today at the Pioneer Community Center at 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.   (4:30 p.m.  for Clewiston students arriving by bus).  If anyone needs a ride from Labelle today, please call me at 239-239-0222 and I will pick you up at the Labelle 4-H building at 3:30 (must have parent’s permission to ride with me).

Today’s we will have a brief introduction for new members, applaud our returning members, and kick the year off with opening statements.

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer to real life situations.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates.   Parents are also welcome to participate as jurors and witnesses.  Meetings are twice a month held on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center. For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu or cell 239-233-0222.

4-H Advocacy Club–Cruella Deville is Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!

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Picture from Left to right–Judge Sloan with Joseph Rourks as State Attorney; Samantha Bunting as Cruella Deville; Maggie Gacula as our Star Witness; Zeida C Rabelo as the Defense Counsel; Mary Cosmo 4-H Leader; and Mrs. Rabelo as the Jury Forman.

The 4-H Advocacy Club’s visit to the Hendry County Courthouse was a huge success.  The kids got a complete tour of the courtroom, the jury deliberation room, and even checked out the holding cells.

The kids participated in State v Deville mock trial, which the infamous Cruella Deville was charged with 1 count of puppy napping.  Joseph Rourks was an outstanding prosecutor, who hit a home run with his strong closing statement.  Zeida Rabelo as Defense Counsel put on a great defense for the defendant, the infamous Cruella Deville (played by Samantha Bunting).  In the end, the star witness (played by Maggie Gacula) testified with telling evidence, which resulted in a jury verdict of guilty.  Cruella Devilla was convicted and sentenced to 30 months of jail and 30 months of probation.  Mrs. Cruella Deville was then escorted out of the courtroom in handcuffs and shackles into the holding cell where she still awaits transport.

A special thank you to Judge Sloan, Court Bailiff Mrs. Barbara, and Assistant State Attorney Hamid Hunter for assisting with the 4-H Advocacy Club’s first mock trial.  YOU kids truly made the 4-H Advocacy Club a success!  I am so proud of all of you!   Thank you to all of your efforts.

4-H Advocacy Club’s Next Meeting Wednesday, March 20th

4-H Advocacy Club’s Next Meeting Wednesday, March 20th

Wednesday’s agenda we will prepare for our visit with Judge Sloan at the Hendry County Courthouse.  The Club will tour the courthouse and participate in a mock-trial simulation.  The club will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with Judge James Sloan.  We will focus on courtroom attire, etiquette, and mock-trial preparation for the classic case of State v Goldilocks.  If you plan to participate in the visit to the courthouse, you are required to attend at least two meeting prior to the day of the visit.  Parent participation is also encouraged but not necessary.  Although, even if your parent(s) will be attending the courtroom trip with the group you will still need a Parent Authorization form, which you may pick up at any meeting.header-logo

While involved with the 4-H Advocacy Club, you will learn about our court system, advocacy, public speaking, as well as compete with other advocacy groups throughout Florida. Sharpen your professional and social skills and understand the importance of self-responsibility in the community, which will transfer over to real life situations.

The 4-H Advocacy Club is recruiting juniors 8-10 years old, intermediate 11-13 years old, and seniors 14-18 years old for mock trial practice, witnesses, jury, and advocates. Meetings are twice a month on every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., at the Pioneer Plantation Community Center. For more information contact Mary Cosmo by email at mary.cosmo@law.fcsl.edu.

 

5 Year old threatened with 2 week suspension for playing with legos…..Yes, it’s only a lego.

I am appalled a the school official’s explanation that “they are just trying to create a culture of respect.”  WHAT???  Are we teaching our kids to accept that insanity is the norm?  What about teaching our kids reasonability and how to tell the difference.

Teaching a child to fear simple play is tragic when play is now confined to “appropriate ….Lego play.”  Really???

I understand that what happened in recent events has many people up in arms (no pun intended), but to take something so tragic and make it even worse by taking it to a level of absurdity is truly a miscarriage of justice to our own children.

We should be teaching our children the concept of reasonability instead of insanity!

25 Quotable Thanksgiving Quotes –

Published by Business Pundit- by Drea on November 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again. To celebrate the feedfest–and unofficial holiday season kickoff–that is Thanksgiving, we’ve compiled a list of 25 Thanksgiving quotes. Take them to the table with you this year:

1. “Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks.” –Irving Berlin

2. “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” –George Bernard Shaw

3. “Only a stomach that rarely feels hungry scorns common things.” –Horace

4. “I love Thanksgiving turkey … it’s the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.” –Arnold Schwarzenegger

5. “I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.” —Elbert Hubbard

6. “Gratitude consists of being more aware of what you have, than what you don’t.” –-Unknown

7. “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” –Cynthia Ozick

8. “I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land.” –Jon Stewart

9. “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” –Robert Quillen

10. “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” –Albert Pine

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